Short apology…

…for posting being a bit sparse starting up the week. Tidying up about Lot 4 for autumn and winter. Plus preparing for the grand arrival of a new television set. Nothing outrageous in technical advancement except its arrival prompts moving our existing set to another household in the family – followed by that other existing set to be prepared for a move a few states over to another state courtesy of kinfolk coming to Santa Fe for Thanksgiving.

So, tonight I finished off Season 3 of MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and then we finished off Season 5 of TRAVELS BY NARROWBOAT, Helen’s favorite…though the whole compound takes delight in that journal. Links are to the start of each.

A day dealing with unpacking after the TV critter arrives, resetting my Harmony remote [if it’s still usable], starting off with the accepted mods and nudges from RTINGS and AVSFORUM of the new TV. All tomorrow. And all should then return to what passes for normal around here.

Trump forecast on TV in 1958

❝ An episode of the 1950s western TV series ‘Trackdown’ featured a character named Walter Trump who claimed he would build a wall in order to protect a town from the end of the world.

The episode (S1, E30) aired on CBS in 1958 and was titled “The End of the World,” featuring actor Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of “Walter Trump.”

❝ “Narrator: The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud
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Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate.

Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?

Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.”

A full version of the episode is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1D2ynASqe4

Animation sheds light on black holes


Click on image for the animation

Black holes are dubbed “black” because their inescapable tug of gravity on light renders them invisible to the naked eye. Scientists can, however, look at the distorted spacetime around a black hole to determine its size and rotation. In many cases, black holes, also surround themselves in superheated clouds of spinning material that warps like a “carnival mirror” when viewed. In this new NASA animation, the US space agency demonstrated how the gravitational warping distorts our views of black holes.

Go full screen. It rocks!

Fake President can’t comprehend someone standing up to him


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❝ Donald Trump released this photo after a contentious meeting in the White House with the Speaker of the House. He may have thought the picture would help show that Nancy Pelosi was “unhinged.” Did it? We’ll let you decide. On the 1000th day of his presidency, it may go down as a defining moment.

❝ Soon after Trump released the photo, Pelosi made it her cover photo on Twitter. To her and many others, it wasn’t a photo of someone unhinged. But rather a picture of someone doing something that people rarely do with Trump, standing up to him both physically and metaphorically.

Click through to the article – and the video up top. Lawrence O’Donnell lays out a pretty clear statement what really happened.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

Saudis spent $62+billion last year on armaments. Yemeni Houthis just attacked with $15K drones.

Half Saudi Arabia’s oil production shut down. 5% of global oil supply.

❝ Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on key Saudi oil facilities on Saturday, setting off blazes that could be seen from space and showcasing how cheap new technologies allow even minor militant groups to inflict serious damage on major powers…

It was not clear how badly damaged the facilities were, but shutting them down for more than a few days would disrupt world oil supplies. Between them, the two centers can process 8.45 million barrels of crude oil a day, amounting to the vast majority of the production in Saudi Arabia, which produces almost one-tenth of the world’s crude oil…

❝ The difference in resources available to the attacker and the victim could hardly have been greater, illustrating how David-and-Goliath style attacks using cheap drones are adding a new layer of volatility to the Middle East.

Such attacks not only damage vital economic infrastructure, they increase security costs and spread fear — yet they are remarkably cheap. The drones used in Saturday’s attack may have cost $15,000 or less to build, said Wim Zwijnenburg, a senior researcher on drones at PAX, a Dutch peace organization.

The Global Military-Industrial Complex still hasn’t learned crap about guerrilla warfare. Sure, the Pentagon and their peers know how to spend taxpayer dollars by the bucketload. They’re mostly backed up by political hacks who still think the best solution to civilized inequity is to resolve disquiet and resentment with weapons ranging from bullets to bombs. Nothing cheap of course. No self-respecting graduate of West Point would be found killing significant populations without delivery systems costing million$.

RTFA. Maximum cost per each of these drones was about $15,000. A third of the price of the average new pickup truck bought in the GOUSA.

Absolutely the toughest marching drummers ever

Most folks don’t know that an early part of the years I spent as a musician were my high school years – especially in marching bands. Though I also played in the horn section of a University concert band at the same time, I played simultaneously in two separate high school marching bands. One played all their football games on Friday nights. The other on Saturday afternoons. Conflict between the two only came up once a season. Plus I still helped out once in a while with the P.A.L. band I’d marched with since 7th grade. 🙂

All I can say is these folks really rock. Close to traditional formation staging; but, everything else is over the top.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia